Our response to Coronavirus

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With the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting many countries across the world, including our own, Royal Life Saving WA is working to ensure our staff and customers are protected during this time. We continue to monitor advise from the Australian Department of Health and are making changes as needed to ensure compliance with their directives.

Please click the links below to read our response to two major issues that impact our partners and customers.

Public Swimming Pools

Late in March the Federal Government called on all aquatic facilities to close as the nation battles the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This has been a devastating time for the aquatic industry and has had a major impact on the livelihoods of many and on our Australian way of life. But, we also understand and respect the need for these closures, and for us all to do what we can to halt the spread of this virus.

Current at 15th May 2020

In recent days the WA State Government has announced that local aquatic centres can reopen in a limited capacity from Monday 18th May 2020, with a limit of 20 people per pool and adhering to social distancing and other guidelines. For a detailed checklist on what this means for WA's aquatic centres please click the link below.

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Essential Vocational Training

Due to recommendations from the Australian Resuscitation Council, of which Royal Life Saving Society is a founding member, that the teaching of routine first aid and resuscitation courses should be postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Life Saving WA temporarily suspended its face-to-face training courses that include these components from 23rd March 2020.

The courses impacted were: First Aid, Advanced First Aid, Resuscitation, Advanced Resuscitation, Aquatic Rescue, Pool Lifeguard and Bronze Medallion. This also impacts the requalification versions.

In the situation of expiring qualifications of CPR, First Aid and Pool Lifeguarding an extension of the existing certification and accreditation has been made until 1 July 2020. In order to qualify for this extension the qualification must lapse between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 and the trainee is unable to complete the training and assessment requirements due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Current at 15th May 2020

The Australian Resuscitation Council, under advise from health authorities, advised that CPR classes could resume, with special measures in place to ensure participant safety, in mid May 2020. Royal Life Saving WA has resumed CPR courses from 20th May 2020, working within these new safety guidelines, with other training courses planned for resumption in late June / early July.

 You can find out more at the link below.

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